Tuesday 27 November 2012

got my hair done~ ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Went to the salon to get my hair straightened this evening~~

no more messy mane

yay~ flatter hair...٩( ̄ε ̄ )۶

Friday 23 November 2012

Rilakkuma & Kurilakkuma's Facial Mask Review

I've been using facial masks religiously for the last couple of months and ran out of supplies just recently. I was checking the out online and so happen to find Rilakkuma masks!! ヽ(;▽;)ノ ZOMG so happy I quickly ordered some to try♥

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parcel arrived early this week~[/caption]

Cuteness overload.

Couldn't get my eyes off the packaging 'cuz everything's so cute wth.

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how cute can this get?[/caption]

It's a made-in-Taiwan product so it's written in Chinese but I manage to find translations for them. 
Read on for more info~

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リラックマたちかわいい( ´ ▽ ` )ノ[/caption]

The masks I got:

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Rilakkuma & Kurilakkuma's Masks[/caption]

There's actually Kotori's version too but the supplier I got from didn't have them,(T^T,) I found NattaCosme  has the entire set but they were charging slightly higher for the mask and delivery. I got mine for RM3.20 each from another supplier who were offering cheaper delivery.

Anyway, NattaCosme's quite an awesome beauty site to check out. It's got over 300 different masks to choose from!!! Plus it ships overseas~!

Rilakkuma Marine Collagen Hydrating Mask

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zomg. it's chewing on a piece of mochi o(//v//)o[/caption]

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Rilakkuma mask's ingredients & description[/caption]

[ Description ]

Contains a combination of youthful muscle density of marine resources, the use of the excellent moisturizing hyaluronic acid lock water features, make the skin water compact, dynamic elasticity smoothness.

[ Feature ]

- Moisture lock water

- Firming & Smoothing

Kurilakkuma Caviar Essence Q10 Whitening Mask

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Kurilakkuma with a chicken plushie wth[/caption]

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Kurilakkuma mask's ingredients & description[/caption]

[ Description ]

Coenzyme Q10, with the most precious and luxurious caviar essence, giving the skin is full of gorgeous shells sexy and smoothness. Added whitening essence which can penetrate into the skin, helping in metabolic conditioning, and make your skin look bright and translucent.

[ Feature ]

- Whitening Activation

- Conditioning metabolism

~ ♥ ~

I usually put on mask once a week only but these week decided to mask twice. Think my skin's feeling really stressed up and tired this couple of days... Happily tried them on two different occasions~

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partially decapitated. wtf[/caption]

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content: sheet mask soaked in 30ml essence[/caption]

The masks are really thin_only 0.2mm thickness. While it isn't as thin as Bliv's silk mask, they fit really well. Also, I realize the masks are wider at the sides thus better coverage at the side of my face and has quite a snug fit.

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Rilakkuma's mask[/caption]

I tried the Rilakkuma's firming+hydrating mask first and found the essence had quite a peculiar fragrant. How should I put it...? It kinda reminds you of the ocean. Or algae-infested lake. LOL. It was really mild sort so I didn't really mind. I left it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or so and it felt really refreshing on the skin.

Kurilakkuma's mask on the other hand has a sweeter, mild floral-y fragrant. It's a very common scent which reminded me of Bliv sheet masks.

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another sad case of decapitated kuma-chan... (ToT)[/caption]

Whilst I like how my skin feels after using both masks, I didn't feel there's much of a difference after using the Kurilakkuma's Caviar Essence Q10 Whitening mask(damn it, what's with the long name??). I think you don't usually get instant whitening effect just by trying a single sheet of mask:S  The Rilakkuma's Marine Collagen Hydrating mask did make some difference_my skin felt slightly more firm the following morning.

Repurchase? Rilakkuma masks, probably. Kurilakkuma's mask maybe not.  I'm so-0 getting Kotori's Glacial Clay Vitamin B5 Deep Cleansing from NattaCosme to try it out!! These days I'm very interested in masks that concentrates in deep cleansing, pore tightening, firming and skin repair. Dunno what's got into me but I'm suddenly interested in getting snail masks after reading it from XiaXue's blog post. Now who's crazy over facial masks like I do?

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Hat Yai trip~~

Couple of days ago I went to Hat Yai for a short trip with mom. She randomly decided to go there since it's been years she's been there. As for me, that's my first trip to that part of Thailand. Some years ago, I did went to Golok but had vague memories of the place(was still a kid!).

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reaching da border~[/caption]

Hat Yai's an hour drive after crossing the border. Upon arrival at Hat Yai, we were greeted by dozens and dozens of tuk tuks there. You can see some tuk tuks around the border too but they weren't as many as they were in Hat Yai. It's basically the most common public transport available and convenient too provided it didn't rain I guess...

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one of the dozens tuk tuk in Hat Yai~ such an interesting transport.[/caption]

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Hat Yai~! Arrived at around 11am Thailand local time~[/caption]

Checked into our hotel first~ It's called Diamond Plaza Hotel which is located at the heart of Hat Yai. The famous Santisuk market and Kim Yong market are located just walking distance away. Also, there're 3 departmental stores nearby Santisuk Market too_Central Plaza, Lee Gardens Plaza and Odean.

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interior of Diamond Plaza Hotel[/caption]

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Our room~[/caption]

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Hat Yai from my hotel room~[/caption]

Lunch time at some kopitiam along Thanoo Saneha Nusorn road. I actually ordered something else(or so I thought I was) but I guess due to some language miscommunication of some sort, the waitress brought me koey teow soup. I was like, is this my food? Really?? Damn it. I hate koey teow soup٩(*A*۶)Don't even remembered the last time I had one before this.

Worse still, it tasted so bland I dumped in loads of dried chili flakes, vinegered chili sauce and sesame oil into my noodles. Better spicy than tasteless.

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super bland koey teow soup...[/caption]

We ordered tom yam soup as a side too but forgot to snap photo. It's not bad but I think maybe it's a lil' pricey...

After lunch, we went shopping around Santisuk and Kim Yong market. There were many small stalls but they were basically selling the same thing_either selling CDs/DVDs, watches or electronics stuff. There're a couple others selling apparels, one or two spy gadgets stalls and long rows of stalls selling fruits or local snacks and loads of souvenirs.

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first tuk tuk ride to Hat Yai's 'Big Market'[/caption]

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only 20baht per person to get around Hat Yai![/caption]

Later in the evening, we decided to check out Hat Yai's 'Big Market' 'cuz another tourist from Indonesia who we were hanging out with wanted to get some Zebra brand steel wares which is famous in Thailand. Shopping with aunties thereX(

LOLOL. Apparently Thailand's Zebra brand wares have always been famous among tourist. Malaysians tourist used to get loads of this Zebra wares too before they started to import them into the countries years ago.

Hat Yai's 'big market' is quite a distance away from where we were staying so we took a tuk tuk to get there. It's just pretty much similar with Santisuk Market only there were more shops selling clothes, bags and wallets. Mom decided to get this in my opinion fake  smuggled in apparently according to the shop keeper Kippling duffle travel bag and a backpack for 2000baht.

So expensive!(,X-X,)

 As for me, I got myself a really pretty floral shorts there for only 190baht! Best bargain for shorts I ever got and it's pretty too! (^v^/)

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Hat Yai 'Big Market'[/caption]

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stalls lined alongside the road near Hat Yai 'Big Market'[/caption]

 Spent quite a while looking around... Did find some shops selling cute tees and dress but the stuff are pretty similar to the clothes you can find in Malaysia and there wasn't much of a bargain so I didn't get any.

Took a while there I guess, then we decided to find a restaurant for dinner. We found one close by our hotel and ordered fried rice and tom yam soup(again, lol) . Forgot to snap photos 'cuz I was too tired from all the walking and lack of sleep by then... Still, after dinner we decided to explore the area around Lee Gardens Plaza~ Here's the view at night_still bustling with activities.

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Lee Garden Plaza @ night[/caption]

I actually wanted to go shopping at Asian Trade market, Hat Yai's night market 'cuz I heard they've got lots of apparels and stuff to see. But I just found out that the night market only opens on Thursday to Sunday. And we went on a Tuesday... (,T^T,)

Anyway, there're loads of stalls selling souvenirs around this area so we were checking them out and among those were cute, small tuk tuk models~! Hung out around Odean and Lee Gardens Plaza too before heading back to our hotel for a good night's rest~

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night view~[/caption]


Day 2 begins with breakie at McDonalds before exploring further down the street behind our hotel and checking out Central Plaza. I kinda like the plaza 'cuz there were more branded items and something more up to date. I found some nice outfits from brands like deFry 01, Lolita and some other local/international brands but the stuff I like mostly were way over 1990baht.... (≥A≤/)

I was also very tempted to grab a couple of printed tees including a Hello Kitty one from FOX... Acck! Why are they all so expensive lah??

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prawn glass noodles~[/caption]

Lunch time at a kopitiam opposite the Pink Lady Plaza/Hotel. I ordered this fried glass noodles with prawns and the aloe vera juice 'cuz I find it interesting but it tasted like sugared water wtf.

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aloe vera juice~[/caption]

The portion of the food serve in that restaurant were humongous and very, very pricey. I'm not sure if they're overcharging us knowing we're tourist or what.

Last minute souvenirs shopping in the morning in front of Lee Gardens Plaza and I found this one stall selling handmade handbags, drawstring bags and hp casing. Got the handbag 'cuz it's so cute (//v//)/ We also bought most of the souvenirs here.

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one of the souvenirs from hat yai~ v(^v^,)[/caption]

That's pretty much what we were doing around Hat Yai~ If we had more time I actually wanted to explore more places like the KlongHae floating market and go for elephant trekking but I guess I'll have to leave that for next time. Hehehe ,(^v^,)

Monday 12 November 2012

Clean&Clear's Ekspressi Kejelitaanmu

Just weeks ago I took part in the Clean & Clear's "Ekspressi Kejelitaanmu", Malay for "Express your Beauty" on their fb page.

The contest is held concurrently to the Mad Markets series aired starting 2 months ago. Just in case you're wondering, Mad Markets is a TV series hosted by Malaysia's Celebrity Blogger Hanis Zalikha(her blog here). The program features the best places to shop and pamper yourself in Asia countries.

So far they've aired the episodes taken in Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak, Indonesia and Bangkok, the latter episodes was my favorite. Dunno how I missed the Singapore episode (,ToT,) The last episode featuring Hong Kong was aired two weeks ago.  Was a lil' disappointed 'cuz there were barely 10 episodes but I heard there will be a Season 2 of Mad Markets featuring places in Japan and Korea via Hanis' tweet. Looking forward to them~

Anyway, you can watch Mad Markets and other series/movies (including Dato' Lee Chong Wei's LIVE wedding day) aired on Malaysia TV Channels via www.tonton.com.my. It's a paid service thingy but you get 30 days trial period :S

Basically this contest requires participants to upload photos of their favorite stuff on the site and weekly winners will be chosen by the organizer. The weekly winner gets RM250 worth of vouchers and RM60 worth of Clean&Clear products.

They also mentioned that the grand price winner gets a RM1000 cash prize and a chance to shop with Hanis, host for the TV series Mad Markets which has been aired since a month ago! Apparently ONE grand prize winner will be chosen among all of the weekly prize winners.

And guess what? I turned up as one of their weekly winner~!!


So happy I can dance like the Red Indians do in circle around a bonfire. Only I'm doing it in style_Gangnam style. WTF.

My winning photo were the heels I got from Kota Damansara weeks ago. Here are all the entries I've submitted, most stuff you would have seen it in my blog already~

And here's something which I've haven't put up in my blog before~ My favorite watch my sis got for me as my birthday prezzie a year or 2 so ago... Here, I wore it together with different bracelets! I just LOVE to stack those stuff up~!

After I posted this there were like half a dozen or more entries put up stacking bracelets/bangles with watch. Hmm... I can pass as a trendsetter *proud*

Sunday 11 November 2012

Review: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser

I am quite new when it comes to using moisturizers and this Neutrogena Oil-free moisturizer for combination skin is my first. I wsn't really a fan of Neutrogena products and simply got this with Neutrogena's cleanser months ago because my sis recommended them. This was way-y-y before I've discovered Neogence Ace Revitalizing and Renewing Series and the TamagoHada cleanser. After I've used up the cleanser, I chucked this inside my wardrobe forgotten until recently.

Neutrogena's Oil-Free Moisturizer

Decided to use it when I noticed my skin were getting really dry and even peeling a bit since I switched to using HadaLabo's TamagoHada cleanser. Worst, from the lack of moisturizing, I'm starting to get loads of breakouts. So I resorted to include this moisturizing routine together with my other daily regimen.

description of Neurogena's oil free moisturizer~

 texture of this lotion is really close to that of Neogence ACE Moisturizer, only slightly 'heavier'

All my problems were solved just days after using this moisturizer. It gives me just the right amount of moisturizing affect I needed!!

While I do agree on the hydrating the skin "without leaving it oily or shiny" part, it didn't do much in keeping my T-zone the "matte finish all day". Maybe just 2-3 hours? After that, I've got to blot some of the oil off my skin. Still, I really do like this moisturizer. It's not greasy and absorbs pretty well after a lil' bit of massaging and patting. And I really do like how the bottle comes with a pump, means no having to dig the lotion up with your nails(eeek!!).

Repurchase? Definitely, but I want to experiment on other brand moisturizers.  Anyway, I would totally recommend those who're looking for a moisturizer for combination  skin and suitable to be used under makeups. This is one affordable moisturizer that totally works v(^v^v)

My rating: 4.5

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